(Marvin Gaye at the '83 All-Star Game)
2/13/1954 - Selvy scores 100 points
Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game in the NBA is one of the most famous performances in all of sports. But not as many people can name the man who set the same scoring record in a Division I college basketball game -- Frank Selvy.
On "Frank Selvy Night," the leading scorer in the nation was playing in one of the final games of his senior season, and for the first time, a live college basketball game was being broadcasted in South Carolina. With all of his immediate family watching, Selvy -- playing for Furman University -- did not disappoint and scored 37 points in the first half against Newberry College.
Furman coach Lyles Alley then demanded his team to feed Selvy the ball on every position. The All-American made good on his coach's orders, scoring 63 points in the second half. He hit 41 of his 66 shot attempts and made 18 of his 22 freethrows; he could have scored more except the three-point line hadn't been installed in basketball yet. Selvy totalled a clean 100 points, setting the all-time record for a Division I basketball game -- he even hit a 40-footer at the end of regulation which gave him the triple-digit.
"It was my night, because that ball went through the basket and hit nothing but net," Selvy said in the book When Seconds Count. "It was one of those shots where more luck than skill was involved. But when a player scores 100 points, there has to be plenty of both. It was something that was just meant to be." Thanks to his scoring outburst, Selvy raised his per game average to 41.7, becoming the first player to average more than 40 points per game.
Selvy's performance was arguably more impressive than Chamberlain's. While Newberry College, a Division II school, was not at the level of an NBA team by any means, Selvy was a shooting guard and had a harder time scoring than the 7'1'' Chamberlain. Plus, he had only 40 minutes to wrack up the points, whereas Chamberlain had 48.
Selvy had a nine-year career in the NBA, playing for the Milwaukee and St. Louis Hawks, the Minneapolis and Los Angeles Lakers, and the New York Knicks. His best known moment as a pro came in the final game of the 1962 NBA Finals, when he scored 41 points for L.A. but failed to hit what would have been the series-winning shot.
2/13/1964 - Ken Hubbs dies in crash
22 year-old Ken Hubbs, one of the best second basemen in the National League, dies in a plane crash just outside Provo, Utah. Hubbs had just completed his second full season in the majors and was highly-touted within the Cubs organization. Though his hitting was less than average, he was an excellent defender and broke the second baseman record for consecutive games without an error. In 1962, he became the first player in history to take home a Gold Glove and the Rookie of the Year Award in the same season.
Hubbs was afraid of flying and decided to get an aircraft license to overcome his fears. Sadly, it was in a plane that his life came to an end, as his private Cessna 172 veered directly into a frozen lake. The accident was pinned on his inexperience, having only obtained his license two weeks earlier.
Hubbs is one of a startling number of baseball players to die in a plane crash, along with Roberto Clemente, Corey Lidle, and Thurman Munson just to name a few.
2/13/1983 - Marvin Gaye sings anthem
The Eastern Conference defeats the Western Conference, 132-123, at the 1983 All-Star Game in Los Angeles, California. Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Jamaal Wilkes combined for 47 in front of the hometown fans, while Julius Erving scored a game-high 25 and took home the MVP. But stealing the show from everyone was R&B singer Marvin Gaye, who with a simple drum machine produced one of the greatest renditions ever of the National Anthem.
Gaye's performance was the last notable one of his life. Only a year later, Gaye was shot and killed by his father on April Fool's Day. He was 44.
2/13/1994 - Chaney vs. Calipari
John Chaney threatens to kill John Calipari during a live press conference. For Calipari, it was not the first rivalry he would have with a fellow coach, and for Chaney, it was not the last time he would get himself in trouble.
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